This is a MUST READ for Beagle owners!

The exact history of the lineage of beagles has been lost in time; although, some speculate that the breed can be traced back to 5th century Greece BCE, which is to say, a really long time ago. The heritage of beagles is believed to be traceable from there to the St. Hubert’s hound, a scent hound recorded to have been around during the 8th century, and then to the Talbot Hound which was brought to England by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. The Talbot Hound is believed to be the ancestor to the Beagle, Bloodhound, and Coonhound breeds, and to have gone extinct around the 18th century.

Notably, the first dog breed to be referred to as a Beagle was in the 18th century. They were called Pocket Beagles and stood around 8 – 9 inches tall. As hunting grew in popularity around the time, the Pocket Beagles grew out of style in favor of larger breeds. This led to the development of the Southern Hound and the North Country Beagle. As hunting became a common sport, new breeds were created by breeding these two with the Stag Hound which eventually led to Foxhounds.

It’s in the mid 19th century that the modern Beagle was officially recognized in four different breeds: the Medium Beagle, Dwarf Beagle, Fox Beagle, and Terrier Beagle. In the late 19th century, General Richard Rowett became one of the first people to import Beagles into the U.S.A. and it is believed that his Beagles served as the basis for the American Standard Beagle. Shortly afterward, the breed came on the edge of extinction, and two groups were formed, the Beagle Club, and the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles, and combined their efforts to significantly raise the total number of Beagles by the early 20th century. Since then, Beagles have been one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. as they make for excellent hunting dogs and household pets. Who can look at a Beagle’s cute face and not fall in love?

Like all hound dogs, Beagles are known for their signature howl. They are even popular puppers to be featured in many movies from Shiloh, to Inspector Gadget, and even cartoons like The Fox and the Hound.

Like most breeds, tending to your Beagle’s needs can be simple or the dog can make it very difficult. General health maintenance for your Beagle will not be overburdensome if your dog has a calm demeanor. They simply need to be brushed weekly, to maintain and promote healthy fur growth, given their small size, this should not take very long. Their nails should be kept trim. They require daily exercise. Their teeth should be tended to weekly. Their ears should be cleaned at least once a month. And they need only be bathed once every few months or as necessary, if they happen to find something filthy to roll in. All in all, they require the same general maintenance as pretty much any common dog, which is one of the reasons they are so popular as pets.

A few things to watch out for with your Beagle. Make sure your pupper does not overeat and become obese. While a big round pupper may look adorable, it is terrible for their health, and as they grow older, they are likely to develop joint issues that can cause them great pain. Make sure you feed them properly with healthy food and snacks, and give them plenty of exercise. Beagles are also known to develop a condition known as cherry eye or prolapsed third eyelid, which is not something that can be prevented and should be taken care of by your vet as soon as you notice symptoms. Given that they have big floppy hairy ears, they can sometimes become infected, so it is important to keep up maintenance on ear cleaning and pay attention if you notice any redness or irritation in the area.

Overall, Beagles make great pets. Their small size makes them great dogs for your children to play with, and their excellent noses make them reliable hunting companions.

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Published by jdleeabc

I am a lover of animals, especially dogs. I am a blogger and clothing designer and a freelance writer.

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